Ads promote Quaker way in national media

30 September 2016

QUAKERS IN BRITAIN

THE Quakers are promoting their faith with posters and advertise­ments before national Quaker Week, which begins tomorrow.

The “Inspired by faith” campaign in­­cludes adverts placed in news­papers such as The Times and The Guard­ian, and magazines from the Big Issue to Private Eye, at a total cost of £30,000. The four posters highlight the Quakers’ concerns about pro­tect­ing the environment, peace, and equality.

Their press officer, Anne van Staveren, said that the campaign — which they have run for each of the past nine years for Quaker Week — has consistently prompted a re­­sponse from people who have never considered the Quakers before, although it was difficult to tell whether it led to a rise in member­ship or attendance at meetings.

The Quakers’ head of outreach development, Alistair Fuller, said: “Quaker Week is an exciting opportunity for people to explore Quakerism and to find out about our worship, our tradition, and our action in the world.”

Meetings around Britain are running open days, market stalls, art work­shops, and other events during Quaker Week. Sunday’s Songs of Praise on BBC1 is at the former Rowntree’s chocolate factory in York, and will feature the way the Quaker Rowntree family supported conscientious objectors during the First World War.

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